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By Neel Anil Panicker
“In life every moment you discover something.”
Constable Bose eyed the maquette in Detective Chacko’s hands.
‘They’re the Kelpies.’
Bose’s wonder struck eyes eyed the two quaint steel disformed carvings.
‘Ever been to Scotland, Bose’?
Bose’s was shorn of all words.
He knew his boss had an disarmingly insultful sense of humor.
He waited that wee bit before the next volley came.
‘How would you?’
The question was rhetorical; Bose bit his lips in exasperation.
“Sir, what’s the connection with the eight 2 am murders in our Cochin City”?
‘There is. These are no ordinary horses. They are a Scottish legend. Malevolent spirits. Known to morph into beautiful women, entrap young men, and then gobble them up.’
“Oh my God! So are you saying…”
‘Exactly. The world may have become very advanced but crime’s still steeped in tradition. The killer, and there’s just one, always leaves one behind after every murder. A set comprises a perfect ten. So, there’s two more to go. Unless of course, he’s dealing in multiple sets.’
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